Innovative Integration

Innovative Integration is a data acquisition company that designs embedded electronics with digital & analog interfaces and FPGAs for digital signal processing, software radio and data acquisition applications used in industrial and rugged environments.

Ethernet Products
 

Ethernet is a popular platform for arbitrarily complex meshes of wireless communications or automated test systems. Innovative manufactures a variety of embedded PCs of varying sizes, ruggedization levels, computational capability and ethernet connectivity options.

Each embedded PC combines an multi-core Intel CPU running Windows/Linux. Consequently, these systems can run the identical application software, drivers and operating-systems as desktop or industrial PCs.


Illustration 3: Hyperlinked list of XMC modules compatible with ePC-Duo and ePC-Nano featuring user-programmable Xilinx FPGAs for real-time digital signal processing
The ePC-Duo provides eight-lane high-bandwidth PCIe connections to two XMC payload slots, each capable of sustained 3400 MB/s data flow. Dual, 10 Gbps ethernet ports are provided as interfaces to general or dedicated networks. ePC-K7 provides comparable functionality but in a ruggedized package with dual FMC rather than XMC sites.

ePC-Nano provides a four-lane PCIe connection to a single payload slot. A single, 1 Gbps ethernet port is provided to provide a command and control interface to general network. Mini-K7 provides comparable functionality but in a ruggedized package with single FMC rather than XMC site.

The ePC-Duo and ePC-K7 route reference clock and trigger signals to their internal modules and their front-panels, simplifying the creation of synchronous-sample systems such as phased array or beam-steering systems, software defined radios and surveillance/ communications systems which typically require wide channel counts and high inter-module bandwidth.


Illustration 4: Hyperlinked list of FMC modules compatible with ePC-K7 and Mini-K7 with Kintex FPGA for real-time digital signal processing
These ethernet solutions differ from conventional I/O cards from other vendors since each employ user-programmable FPGA(s) capable of off-loading computationally-intensive signal processing tasks from the Ethernet host CPU. Each of the XMC modules hyperlinked on Illustration 3 may be used within ePC-Duo to create an ethernet I/O solution with Xilinx FPGA whose functionality can be customized to meet application-specific, real-time signal processing requirements. Likewise, the modules hyperlinked on Illustration 4 may be used within ePC-K7/Mini-K7 or Cardsharp to create an FMC-based DSP system with ethernet connectivity.

Additionally, these products support direct inter-board communication via dedicated, front-panel QSFP connections. This provides low-latency side-band communications directly between modules, independent of the ethernet network. This is an essential capability for beam steering and coprocessing applications unique to Innovative products.


Illustration 1: ePC-Duo hosts 2 I/O cards, dual 10 GbE ports and an Intel CPU running Windows/Linux


Illustration 2: ePC-Nano is a diminutive PC with 1 GbE link hosting a single XMC module


Illustration 5: ePC-K7 is a Windows/Linux Embedded Computer with Kintex7 FPGA, Dual FMC IO Sites, Integrated Timing Support


Illustration 6: mini-K7 is a mini Windows/Linux Embedded Computer with Kintex-7 FPGA, FMC I/O Site, Integrated Timing Support


Illustration 7: Cardsharp: Single Board Computer with HPC FMC IO Site

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